I was told when I was 18 years old
that I would never have children. My mom had taken me to several doctors because
of my very irregular menstrual cycles. The doctors
never named my problem (that I now know as Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrome), they only put me on birth
control pills to "regulate my cycle" and told my mother and I that
I was completely infertile and that I would never have children. So I hated anyone
having anything to do with abortions. I didn't understand why anyone would end
the life of a child when there were so many people such as myself that were unable
to have children and would adopt, etc.
visiting 7 different pregnancy/fertility specialists in my mid 20's, and being
told again that I just couldn't have children, my hatred toward the pro-choice
movement grew. I didn't care if it was a woman's right to chose. I didn't have
a right to chose so why should other women.
Miraculously, in 1996, at the
age of 28, I conceived my daughter. I don't know how or why, (well, yes I do.
God), but I do know that doctors aren't always right- and I began to see pro-choice
in a different light, though I still didn't believe completely in a woman's right
Then something happened in 2002 that would change my mind and
my life forever. I became pregnant again, but the pregnancy was ectopic, in my
tubes. I knew something was wrong and thank God the doctors and I had detected
it before it had gone on too much longer. My doctor treated me with a shot. She
said it was the "abortion shot".
My God I was horrified at first, but then I began to realize something- woman
must have the right to chose. All options must be available to them, surgeries,
so that they may chose what is appropriate for them. The alternatives are deadly
both physically and emotionally.
I am glad that the shot was available.
It saved my life. If abortions were illegal, the alternative would have been surgery
and I would have lost part of my body and risked never having another baby ever
again, or the tube could have burst and I could have died.Susan
28 May 2002
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Woman Dies in Childbirth Every Minute - In a statement released on March 8, 2002,
International Women's Day, UNICEF noted that
one woman dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every minute,
and the highest maternal mortality rates occur in developing nations, Agence France-Presse
reports. UNICEF Director Carol Bellamy said
that 515,000 women worldwide die each year during pregnancy or childbirth, but
the risk of dying in childbirth ranges from one in 4,100 in developed countries
to one in 13 in developing countries.
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